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Advantages of remote work and how to manage it as a team leader

Remote work, remote work, telecommuting, or whatever we prefer to call it, is a trend that is gradually being implemented. Although its existence goes back decades, it was the arrival of the pandemic and the confinement that caused many companies and employees to have their first experience with this way of working. In this article we want to talk about the advantages of teleworking.

Faced with the culture of presenteeism that has ruled Spain for so long, teleworking was presented as a breath of fresh air. It showed companies that your teams can perform just as well, and even better, when they're out of the office. However, the success of remote work not only requires having employees endowed with autonomy and with good skills to carry out their tasks without the need to be continuously supervised. It also requires that there be a good organization of the work to be done and, at this point, the work of the leader becomes essential.

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Advantages of teleworking

With the restrictions associated with COVID-19 over, businesses have now fully returned to normal. But in many of them, that normality is somewhat different from what existed before March 2020. Because the number of companies that have opted for remote work has grown.

Few dare to telework 100%. But many have been encouraged by a hybrid model that combines work days in the office with work days from the employee's home. 

Companies do not join the remote work movement because it is a trend, they do it because it is beneficial for them and, at the same time, it also has advantages for their employees. Let's see what they get in exchange for their move from the face-to-face work model to the 100% to a more flexible model in terms of face-to-face work:

Money savings for the company and workers as one of the advantages of teleworking

With fewer employees in the office, the company may consider move to other smaller facilities, which will mean a monthly saving in what you have to pay for the rent. Even if you don't move your offices, you get reduce your bill in expenses such as electricity, air conditioning, water, cleaning, maintenance, etc.

For their part, employees save the cost that implies for them having to move daily to the office.

Improve productivity

In a shared workplace, distractions are constant:

  • phones that won't stop ringing
  • people going in and out of the office
  • classmates talking to each other
  • the noise of the coffee machine...

On the contrary, the worker who performs his work at home it's much calmer. The level of distractions drops, and this allows you to focus on what you are doing, which improves your productivity.

Reduce absenteeism as another of the advantages of teleworking

Absenteeism is a big problem for companies. This implies delays in meeting the objectives and carries an associated economic cost. 

In the short time that teleworking has been implemented, it has already shown that it is able to decrease the rate of absenteeism. Even if the worker is tired, doesn't feel quite well, or seems unmotivated, they will be more willing to fulfill your work obligations if you can do it from the comfort of your home.

Increases the ability to attract talent as another of the advantages of teleworking

Companies that offer remote work have a competitive advantage when it comes to attract talent to their selection processes, compared to those that do not. Now the workers have proven how beneficial it is for them not to have to go to the office every day. It is now when they value more those companies that give them enough autonomy to allow them to work from home, even if it is only a few days a week.

Improve job satisfaction

Teleworking implies for employees

  • a greater recognition of their autonomy and your ability to work without continuous supervision
  • the possibility of better organizing your working day
  • balance your personal and work life.

The consequence of all this is that the workforce is much happier and more motivated, which increases productivity.

The role of the leader in teleworking

The figure of the traditional-style authoritarian boss is quite incompatible with remote work. Because with this way of working there is no possibility of direct and continuous supervision, which is why, now more than ever, companies need leaders and not bosses.

The leader's profile is very better able to adapt to this new work system, and their role is fundamental so that both the company and the workers benefit from all those advantages that we have just exposed.

His work is of vital importance, because it is up to him to organize the work, assign the different tasks, make sure that everyone knows what they have to do and has the means and the skills and abilities to do it, and also worry of other essential issues for the company such as safeguarding the security of information. To achieve this, it will be good for you to follow the advice that we are going to present below.

Keys to manage teleworking if you are a team leader

set an example

One of the essential qualities of a leader is that he becomes an example for his team to follow, and this maxim must be maintained even when working remotely.

It has been proven that, when working from home, employees tend to lengthen their hours. Even if they are not in front of the computer, they are still aware of their mobile and the messages of a work nature that may arrive. This affects the rest time, which ends up being less than it should.

The digital disconnection It is already a recognized right of workers, and it must be respected. The company must ensure that its employees They do not extend their workday beyond the agreed time and that, out of it, they are not bothered with work related issues. In this sense, the leader must set an example. Must be the first to strictly comply with your schedule and do not attend to work issues outside of your working day. If you do so, your subordinates will imitate you and the necessary digital disconnection will actually be fulfilled.

Promote and improve communication

One of the risks associated with teleworking is that it can break the cohesion between work teams and the sense of belonging can be negatively affected. Fortunately, this can be avoided if communication is encouraged.

It is the responsibility of the leader open all possible communication channels and encourage dialogue at all levels. He has to get his subordinates to communicate with him, but also not to lose the relationship between them. A simple way to achieve this is by implementing the use of a platform that allows communication at different levels: videoconference, group chat, private chat, etc.

Review work and promote, at the same time, autonomy

To stay motivated and do their best, employees need to be aware that there are people on the other side who make sure their job is done right. It is up to the leader to maintain constant communication with all the members of his team and give them feedback on your work.

However, this does not imply excessive supervision or being on top of it all day, because one of the keys for remote work to work and be productive is for the employee to have a high level of autonomy.

The leader must show your team members that you trust them when facing tasks independently and self-managing their work time.

Provide the necessary tools and support

The team leader has a direct relationship with the members of the team, and is much more aware of the technical needs that may exist than a manager can be. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the leader to ensure that his subordinates have the tools and technical support they need to do their job.

This implies provide them with software and hardware when necessary, but also training. Since it is of little use to have the latest technologies at hand if whoever must use them does not know how to do it or does not know how to get the most out of them.

Guarantee the security

Having multiple employees working from different locations increases the risks associated with cybersecurity. In fact, cyberattacks multiplied during confinement, when a large part of the population was fulfilling their work obligations from home, because hackers knew that at that time security and data protection measures had dropped dramatically.

Now that remote work is commonplace, the leader is in charge of making sure that the security of the information is being guaranteed, counting on the necessary technical tools, and making sure that your team members know how to act to reduce security risks.

The advantages of teleworking are many and they begin to be noticed from the first days of its implementation, but it also has a series of drawbacks that can be overcome if we put a leader trained to face this challenge at the head of the team.



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